Rovers finish the pre-season in style...
The Hoops had a good final workout before the real business begins in the comfortable surroundings of Athlone Town FC. Rovers started well on the bumpy pitch and Baker and Rice combined in the 6th minute to set up Bradley but his pass to Twigg was cleared. A minute later Cahill sent Bermingham down the left and his fine cross was headed into the corner of the net by new signing Gary Twigg. Bradley fired a shot narrowly wide on 19 minutes and a minute later Cahill couldn't connect properly with Maddens fine cross. Price headed over Robinsons corner on 25 minutes as the Hoops continues to dominate. Barry Murphy
was called into action to push away a shot from Athlones number 8.
Some good football from Rovers saw Bradley feed Robinson inside the box but his shot was weak. Just before half-time another nice move saw Baker find Twigg in the area and his back-heel fooled the home defence to send Cahill in on goal but Ollie blasted his shot wide. Five minutes into the second period saw Baker just fail to meet with Maddens cross. A Webb pass sent Robinson down the right and his cross was headed narrowly wide by Twigg. Cahill and Bermingham then linked well on the left but the home defence cleared the danger.
Robinson crossed for O'Connor in the 67th minute but the 'keeper kept out his shot. Sub Eric McGill tried his luck from just outside the area on 73 mins but his shot went wide. The home side went close with a shot following a corner with 15 mins remaining.
Rice put Baker away in the area on 76 mins and his low cross just missed the stretching Purcell. O'Connor returned the ball into the box and Bakers header forced the home 'keeper into a fine one-handed save. Rovers went two up with 10 mins remaining when Bradley found Purcell at the edge of the area and he fired a cracker of a shot into the corner of the net.
The Hoops wrapped up the scoring on 87 mins when Purcell found Cahill on the left and his cross was headed in from close range by Amond.
Duggan denied the home side a consolation goal near the end with a fine save.